|But seriously, folks...[as Joe Walsh would say]|
If you want to skip a leading space and the next 2, use the script I posted.
If you want a leading space to count as 1 of 2, try this:
@echo off & setLocal EnableDELAYedeXpansion
for /f "tokens=* delims=" %%a in ('dir/b/a-d') do (
echo ren "%%a" "!F!"
Life is too important to be taken seriously.